At The Academy Awards

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While all eyes were on A.R. (in Corneliani), ours were set on Saira who looked beautiful in a custom Rahul Mishra that was paired with Farah Khan Ali jewellery and a gold Leiber clutch. On first glance, we’ll admit we didn’t quite like the footwear, but seen from the side, they didn’t seem that bad.

P.S. We’ve always been in love with the designer’s collection, but the Spring 2011 lotus motif pieces are just ah-mazing! Need to have one now!

Saira and A.R. Rahman at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards

Rahul Mishra, Spring 2011

Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani

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  1. she looks very pretty. PnP, how do you know she wore FAK jewelry? i don’t see any and even if i could, I wouldn’t be able to ID it!

    • Agree! but read somewhere, I think her stylist from last years Oscars, had said she categorically refuses heels as she doesn’t want to be ‘taller’ than ARR , how sweet is that? 🙂

  2. I think she looks quite pretty and ‘proportionate’. I love it when women dress within the boundaries and context of their culture like my favourite Vidya Balan (and now Saira Rahman). My problem is with the likes of Liz Hurley who butchers the saree and ends up making it look cheap and tawdry.

  3. Hang on, flashback to last year, when she wore something similar. It was a Sabyasachi, I remember, and a totally different color, but I’m deja vu-ing anyway.

  4. just lovely..she’s showing proudly that she’s an Indian an like some other Indians who do not show their pride on being Indian. Saira’s called a true Indian and a true beauty! love it..

    • I’m probably in the minority, but I don’t particularly like this look. While I understand that she dressed in this outfit because of her beliefs, and I think she looks nice, I don’t understand the need to glorify this.

      I’m not saying she shouldn’t wear this, I just don’t think an Indian woman *needs* to wear Indian clothes to represent her nation . An Indian woman in a gown can still be proud of her nationality while being far more culturally appropriate for the Oscars.

      For example, several Chinese and Japanese actresses (who come from old, proud cultures themselves) have attended the Oscars and none of them have been in traditional clothes.

      You know what they say, “When in Rome…”

      • I think it’s ultimately what YOU feel comfortable in.I’d rather be relaxed and confident rather than be edgy and self conscious…

      • I agree with you that Indian women attending Hollywood functions shouldn’t be expected to wear Indian clothing – it’s a classic example of how the burden of representing culture and tradition always falls on women, but never men. However, this instance is a bit unique. It is difficult to find formal Western wear for women that is modest and can be paired with a headscarf. I personally think Saira would have looked silly and uncomfortable had she worn, for example, a long skirt with a headscarf. Instead, she chose an outfit in line with beliefs that was also formal enough to be appropriate for the Oscars.

        • Zara: Like I said, I totally respect that she’s dressed like this for her beliefs and I have no problem with that, she looks lovely.

          Sara: However, when other women represent us at such events (usually actresses who are comfortable in BOTH gowns and saris) I think a gown is more culturally appropriate and fits the western definition of Black-tie which governs such events. Its not about being edgy, just about doing what the Romans do, when in Rome, and all that.

          After all, like I said, you don’t see Japanese/ Chinese women representing their countries in traditional dress do you? Its just event-appropriateness. Like how you and I would never wear a gown to a wedding reception (which is not a religious function, but an Indian Black-tie event).

        • Zara you dont know anything about muslim fashion then. what do you think muslim women from other countries wear i am sure not shalwar kameez 😉 . You need to go and check out turkish hijab and you will be amazed

      • I see your point, but disagree with the “When in Rome…” bit.

        I think its great to represent, not necessarily where you’re from, but who you are. She’s wearing what she would, anywhere, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

        You don’t *have* to represent your country at the Oscars in terms of what you wear. And equally, you don’t *have* to conform to what you see everyone wearing at the Oscars either. I mean, we’ve all seen a certain former beauty queen wear dresses that were gorgeous in their won right, but were SO far removed from her usual style back home that she just ended up looking uncomfortable, contrived and well, not her best self.

        • I don’t really buy this when in Rome thing. I live in the u.k, so what, do I have to wear western clothes the whole time when at some english function?I don’t think so. Lets face it most of our actresses/socialites look a bit ridiculous wearing gowns and just cannot carry off couture the way hollywood actresses can. So why not wear something that suits you and your figure and look the best that you can? Japanese actresses for the most part look fab in western couture gowns and have mainly given up wearing their traditional garments i.e kimino. They have the correct petite proportions for such gowns and can carry them off – lets not compare ourselves to them. We have a rich heritage of traditional clothing which thankfully has not become extinct(yet), so why not showcase it to the world when you have the chance such as at the oscars. Having said all that, I think Sairas outfit is a tad too simple, I prefer the richer looking Sabyasachi she wore last time – it is the oscars after all! Still I love to see an Indian women dressed like one at such events, why follow the crowd and invite unfair comparisons? Do you really think she would have suited a pant suit?!


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